Message from Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion

Different Together

Darlene Saporu

Welcome to Johns Hopkins! As the first American research university, we have a long history of training the best and brightest scholars, scientists and innovators who impact their local and global communities. You are about to embark upon a remarkable intellectual and social experience as you pursue advanced graduate study. I serve as the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion for Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering. In this role, I work closely with faculty, graduate admissions and academic affairs to implement initiatives and programs that increase recruitment, retention and enhance the quality of your graduate experience at Hopkins.

Our diversity and inclusion efforts in graduate education are centered around four goals:

  1. Attract – recruit a community of students, faculty and staff that is inclusive of multiple perspectives and backgrounds and reflects the diversity of our local and global communities
  2. Advance – inspire diverse individuals of exceptional promise to become scholars and innovators by supporting opportunities for development and fostering an inclusive intellectual community
  3. Educate – Provide thought leadership and training on critical diversity issues to increase awareness of barriers/challenges that impact the experience and outcomes of students from underrepresented groups
  4. Collaborate – across the University and engage with the community to develop the next generation of scholars

There are many exciting initiatives taking place at Hopkins for graduate students of color. In 2018 we established a chapter of the Edward Bouchet Honors Society and we look forward to our students joining a national network of outstanding scholars and leaders. We also provide opportunities for professional development to facilitate networking and career exploration whether your goal is to stay in academia or pursue a career in industry. I look forward to meeting you in person and I hope that you take advantage of all the resources available to facilitate a successful graduate career.

By creating an inclusive and nurturing environment we hope to develop and utilize the talents and contributions of students who reflect a broad range of diversity. Given our location in Baltimore we are uniquely positioned to create knowledge that leads to social change and impacts the landscape of our local and global community. I hope you take time explore our many research opportunities and programs.


Darlene Saporu, PhD
Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Whiting School of Engineering

Diversity Recruitment

  • EHOP – Explore Hopkins is our signature preview program for juniors and seniors interested in doctoral programs in arts and sciences.

Pipeline Programs and Partnerships

The Office of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment works to identify outstanding prospective students for graduate school and research opportunities by partnering with national programs and consortiums. We offer students research opportunities with our faculty, invite students to learn about our many programs and departments and network with our faculty and current graduate students. Below are some of our key partnerships:

Fellowships for URM Graduate Students


Race, Racism and Equality Resources

Online Trainings

Resource Guides

Johns Hopkins Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Johns Hopkins is a community committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence. We firmly believe that we can best promote excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff and by creating a climate of respect that is supportive of their success. This climate for diversity, inclusion, and excellence is critical to attaining the best research, scholarship, teaching, health care, and other strategic goals of the Health System and the University. Taken together these values are recognized and supported fully by the Johns Hopkins Institutions leadership at all levels. Further, we recognize that the responsibility for excellence, diversity, and inclusion lies with all of us at the Institutions: leadership, administration, faculty, staff, and students.